Known for helping people in distress, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who has been admitted to a hospital following a kidney ailment, has come to the rescue of a woman seeking medical treatment in India.
Touted as the world’s heaviest woman, 36-year-old Eman Ahmed, a resident of port city of Alexandria in Egypt, was issued a medical visa hours after a Mumbai-based bariatric surgeon requested Swaraj to help the woman travel to India for her treatment.
"Thanks for bringing this to my notice. We will definitely help her," Swaraj tweeted in response to the request.
Hours later, Dr Muffi Lakdawala, who as per his Twitter profile is also a philanthropist, tweeted that the Indian Embassy in Cairo had granted a visa to Eman.
— Dr Muffi Lakdawala (@DrMuffi) December 6, 2016
"Embassy in Cairo called Visa granted.Thank you so much for this prompt response, impressed Appreciate the help @SushmaSwaraj," Lakdawala said.
Earlier, seeking Swaraj's intervention, he had said Eman weighs 500 kg and has been refused the visa.
"Ma'am, Eman Ahmed (Egypt) 500kgs requested me 2 save her pls help me get her a medical visa as refused thru normal process @SushmaSwaraj, (sic)" he had tweeted.
Eman's weight prevented her from pursuing her studies as she dropped out of school due to weight gain.
(With inputs from PTI)